Steve Butler — February 1, 2013 at 12:01 am

Second Chances

Second Chances
Second Chances
BY STEVE BUTLER

PRESENTED HEREIN ARE two vintage tin vehicles made by Bing in the 1920s. In addition to their common origins, the two are paired together herein for reasons concerning their acquisition.

Both were purchased at the same local train show, the first last fall and the other the following spring. More importantly, both were hastily and mistakenly identified when first spotted by this buyer.

The smaller of the two is a vehicle quite similar to one of the Bing Model T Fords – same size, black and with a tin driver. But it was a Chevrolet not a Ford, a fact not figured out until later in the evening of the same day I passed on it at the train show. Fortunately, the show was a multi-day event, and with minimal effort I found out who had purchased the Bing Chevrolet. It was purchased by a dealer, which was both good and bad. It was good because the dealer was willing to sell the toy. It was bad because he charged $100 more than the initial asking price the day before. (That price was softened somewhat by a lost $20 bill discovered on the floor while he went to his car to get the toy. I kept the twenty figuring that with the number of persons at the show approximating 14,500 to 15,000 the likelihood of getting it back to the proper owner was somewhere between slim and none.)

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